Bu$hCo's EPA Ordered To Enforce The Clean Air Act
The history of this issue goes back to 2003 when Bu$hCo caved to the energy industry and created an exemption to the fairly strict language of the Clean Air Act. That exemption allowed power generators to avoid the pollution controlling upgrades by changing the standard from the amount of increased emissions to the dollar cost of the upgrades.
But the 3 judge appeals panel ruled that the "plain" language of the Clean Air Act requires a stricter interpretation. And here's the most delicious aspect of the ruling: The panel included Janice Rogers Brown, the former Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court and as objectionable a jurist as one can find.
The plaintiffs in the case were a coalition of environmental groups along with 12 states including New York and California, leaders in the fight for stricter pollution and emissions controls. I've long been a proponent of states taking the lead in the fight to avoid environmental catastrophe.
Glad this battle was won.
What's a little caving amongst friends?
P.S. I believe the correct term is "spelunking."